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Old 03-31-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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Towing Unregistered

This is my first post, so bear with me. It will take awhile to get to the question. Been lurking for about a year (and it seems like I know a number of you fairly well). Looked at a Casita and a Scamp last spring, then saw Alf's 5.0. It wasn't a hard decision. Ordered our 5.0 in June, built in December, and we pick it up Friday April 13th. We live in Michigan, and after picking up the trailer will return directly, via Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, etc. About a 4 week, 4,500 mile return trip. Now, Michigan will not let us register and plate the trailer without the custom's stamp at the border, and having a Michigan officer verify the VIN. So, the entire return trip will be without registration and plate on the trailer. Michigan Secretary of State personnel had no suggestions to offer other than don't hang anything on the back because we could get in bigger trouble for that than having nothing. So now the question: Have any of you in the states had a similar situation when picking up, and did you ever get stopped for no plate?
(OK Alf, I finally posted.)
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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Hi: JC... Feels better now doesn't it. The excitement is written all over your post!!! Seems strange in this cash strapped era that Mich. DOT. wouldn't offer a temp $$$$ permit for say 30-60 days.
Not withstanding Tammy will supply all the Doc's. and driving on a bill of sale should suffice until you meet up with that one citation short cop on a tight quota.
Do you have a boat trailer plate OOOPs that could generate more revenue for the Troopers!!! Alf
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
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I'm suffering from a similar (but less complex issue). My 19 will be delivered to me in May. I need to be able to park it legally on a public street for a few days and then tow it to my storage facility. My DMV will not let me register the trailer until I have the title in hand. My finance company wants to do the titling and that will take 4-6 weeks to process. So, what to do?

I will try to convince the DMV to let me register the trailer (after a safety inspection?) with the docs that Tammy sends me. AND, I'll try to convince the finance company to let me handle the titling and lien holder documentation. Otherwise, I'll have to tow it illegally and have to let it sit in the storage yard for weeks .... there goes May and June camping ...
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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We were able to get a temporary travel permit issued from CA.. I forgot how long it was good for, but it basically allows you to pick-up out a state and bring it back to register..
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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I'm suffering from a similar (but less complex issue). My 19 will be delivered to me in May. I need to be able to park it legally on a public street for a few days and then tow it to my storage facility. My DMV will not let me register the trailer until I have the title in hand. My finance company wants to do the titling and that will take 4-6 weeks to process. So, what to do?

I will try to convince the DMV to let me register the trailer (after a safety inspection?) with the docs that Tammy sends me. AND, I'll try to convince the finance company to let me handle the titling and lien holder documentation. Otherwise, I'll have to tow it illegally and have to let it sit in the storage yard for weeks .... there goes May and June camping ...
The paperwork from Tammy worked for me to register & insure my trailer here in NY before I left to pick it up. I took a plate with me...
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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In TX I was able to get a 30 day temp tag with the certificate of origin doc that Tammy sent prior to my trailer being finished. This is the same temp tag as what we get when we buy a new car. So I would think you should be able to get something similar in your state.

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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Actually, Michigan does not offer temporary registration. We went to 2 different offices, one of which tried very hard to help us, and specifically asked about temporary registration. No go. There is no uniformity of process amoung the states. (Ask Tammy, and she'll tell you it's not even uniform within the state of Wisconsin.) My backup is to bring the plate from our pop-up and use it if we start to get hassled by the gendarmes.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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We also got the 30-day Texas permit that Steve mentioned. But the permit is only good in Texas. There is no reciprocity among the states. I guess that implies you should get a permit from each state you travel through. Displaying the permit on the trailer at least made us feel better, even if it was worthless until we entered Texas.

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #9
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Actually, Michigan does not offer temporary registration. We went to 2 different offices, one of which tried very hard to help us, and specifically asked about temporary registration. No go. There is no uniformity of process amoung the states. (Ask Tammy, and she'll tell you it's not even uniform within the state of Wisconsin.) My backup is to bring the plate from our pop-up and use it if we start to get hassled by the gendarmes.
Hi: JC... My second guess is that the "Troopers" will be so dazzled by the good looks of the Escape 5.0 they won't even notice it's not plated. They're only interested in the big buck fines!!! : Alf
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #10
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In Texas each county is different... I was able to take Tammy's paperwork and get title and registration before I ever left to pick up the trailer... I put the permanent plates on the trailer before I ever left Chilliwack.
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